Austin brewery is pairing beer and Girl Scout cookies at one sweet tasting

11:05 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 Drinks
Enjoy Thin Mints with a black IPA and Lemonades with a hefeweizen at Circle Brewing next weekend.

Girl Scout cookie season, the reason we all abandon our New Year’s goals of eating well, is about a week away.

And this year, we really won’t be able to fend off ordering a box or two because the Girl Scouts of Central Texas are pairing up the cookies with beer at one North Austin brewery. Circle Brewing has teamed up with the Central Texas chapter to deliver perhaps the sweetest beer pairing of all on Jan. 20.

For $20, you’ll get to try five of the eight cookie and beer pairings at Circle — and buy a box or two from a booth the Girl Scouts will have set up, as well as Circle cans, so that you can replicate the pairings many more times at home.

The pairing has been in the works for awhile. The Girl Scouts of Central Texas reached out to Circle looking for a local brewery they could pair up with to spread the word about their new cookie locator app, which will make it that much easier for us to feed our Thin Mints addiction. (Or Caramel Delites or Shortbreads or any of the other cookies you might think is the best. But Thin Mints, hands down, tops them all.)

“In order to create the pairings, they gave us boxes of all of the cookie varieties in September,” Alexa Gonzalez Wagner, marketing director at Circle, said. “We got to eat our weight in cookies in advance of cookie season and make sure the beers and cookies really complemented each other.”

Here’s what Circle came up with, in what was no doubt a deliciously difficult task.

The Girl Scout S’mores cookie is the most recent addition. I’m not saying it will overcome Thin Mints in belovedness because that’s just not possible, but the official Girl Scout website is touting it as “the most popular flavor to launch in the 101 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies.” We’ll just have to see about that.

In any case, get your tickets to the Girl Scout cookies and beer pairing, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 20, at this link. Circle is located at 2340 W. Braker Ln. Ste. B.